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fun. have been building buzz for their most recent album Some Nights out last month and are in the midst of a supporting tour that will find them holding several shows during SXSW. Then they’ll be trekking all around the country (dates are below).

Their lead single, “We Are Young” has been out for several months and is a powerful pop anthem and the video features a guest appearance from one of PopMatters favorites, Janelle Monae (also below). You may have already heard it on Glee or in a Super Bowl Chevy commercial. Plus the band was just recently featured in an article by The New York Times.

Saint Etienne releases their latest album on May 21st and are previewing their new long-player with the single “Tonight”. Both a video and remix of the tune by Two Bears have hit the Internet. Saint Etienne’s Bob Stanley says that Words and Music is about “how music affects your life. How it defines the way you see the world as a child, how it can get you through bad times in unexpected ways, and how songs you’ve known all your life can suddenly develop a new attachment, and hurt every time you hear them. More than how it affects and reflects your life though…. the album is about believing in music, living your life by its rules.” Check out the remix below and the video and track list after the jump.

The title of this short post pretty much says it all—except that the cover is gorgeous. If you’re looking for something that mixes up Slowdive’s original cut, this is not your cover.  Beach Fossils play things pretty straight here, performing “Alison” quite faithfully. There’s a little less flange throughout, and, certainly, Rachel Goswell’s gorgeous harmonizing is absent. Nevertheless, this cover is just as comforting as a freshly laundered blanket. Go ahead. Curl up in it.

  Beach Fossils: “Alison (Slowdive Cover)” by adhocfm
P.S. Check out the brief blurb on this cover at Stereogum to learn a bit more about The Ad Hoc Comp.

Today brings the newest entry in Converse’s “3 Artists, 1 Song” promotional program—a fun, quirky dance track by Damon Albarn (Gorillaz), Andre 3000 (OutKast) and James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem). According to Pitchfork, “DoYaThing” was recorded live in Albarn’s London studio after three days together, and this four and a half minute version will be followed by a full length, twelve minute version.  There will also be a video debut on February 29 to keep the traffic flowing to the Converse website. The marketing tie-in involves three Limited Edition Chuck Taylor designs by Gorillaz Co-Creator Jamie Hewitt, featuring the colorful camo print associated with the band.

With the opening keyboard chord, “DoYaThing” folds into electronic blips and a one-take opening by Albarn, typically smooth and sultry. Andre 3000 hits the ground running for his one-take rap, taking us back to the happy zone with a bloop de bloop. All that’s missing is some nice crooning by Murphy, although the uplifting choral harmonies towards the end create a classic LCD Soundsystem moment anyway. Download the song here.

I must be getting older, seriously. It’s taking me way longer to get a buzz on these days: “Done that gig, heard those riffs. Yawn.” Then, quite out of the blue, I got hit by a tune this morning that’s had me riding the replay button ever since.

It’s a track called “Cherry Ripe”.

Can’t say I know a great deal about the duo responsible: except they’re called Elijah and Ava Wolf. Equally, I can’t tell you much more than: this is a demo, apparently. So it’s not even got a video clip to hypnotize. 

All I know is: someone, somewhere, slipped Elijah Wolf’s “Cherry Ripe” to someone else. Then they liked it enough to stick it on in the background of some TV show – which went out and I caught last night. After which, the damn track’s been caught in my head ever since. One Google later: and the full harmonies have been stuck in my brain ever since.

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The Best and Worst Films of Spring 2015

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"January through April is a time typically made up of award season leftovers, pre-summer spectacle, and more than a few throwaways. Here are PopMatters' choices for the best and worst of the last four months.

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